Nevada Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) reports that the number of pedestrian accidents in Nevada continues to rise, especially in Clark County and the Las Vegas area. This growing risk is of special concern because pedestrians don’t have the protection to help them avoid serious harm or fatality when a motor vehicle strikes them, making pedestrian accidents among the most severe of all traffic accidents.

 

Pedestrians can contribute to an accident by jaywalking, but the vast majority of pedestrian accidents are a result of careless or negligent motorists. If you have sustained injuries as a result of a driver while running or walking in Nevada, the law permits you to seek damages from the driver who hit you, as long as you do so within the statute of limitations. Contact the Nevada pedestrian accident attorneys at Benson & Bingham Nevada Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, at (702) 600-6000 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your accident and determine your eligibility to seek compensation.

 

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Nevada

Distracted drivers and those who fail to stop at traffic control devices often get credited for causing the most pedestrian accidents. Yet, when motorists don’t uphold their duty towards those with whom they share the road, several other situations might lead to a pedestrian suffering injuries in an accident. Here are some scenarios where negligent driving might cause a pedestrian accident:Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

  • Driving under the influence of controlled substances, including alcohol, drugs, and medication
  • Fatigued or drowsy driving, which can lead to falling asleep at the wheel
  • Failure to yield for pedestrians at an intersection or crosswalk
  • Driving while distracted by cell phones, food, drink, daydreaming, or anything else that takes a driver’s focus away from the road
  • Careless driving, such as going too fast for weather or traffic conditions

 

Pedestrians Suffer Severe Injuries During Accidents

Pedestrians have no bodily protection when they are walking or running, causing pedestrian accidents to be more severe and more likely to result in death. Severe injuries that pedestrians might suffer in traffic accidents include:

  • Fractured and broken bones in multiple areas of the body
  • Head traumas, even when wearing a helmet, which can result in lifelong struggles from a traumatic brain injury
  • Lacerations and deep cuts prone to scarring
  • Road rash
  • Internal organ damage and bleeding from the impact of the accident
  • Neck and back injuries that can cause chronic pain for life, even after corrective surgery
  • Spinal cord injuries that can result in temporary or permanent, partial or full paralysis
  • Joint dislocations, especially in the hips and shoulders
  • Amputations when limbs get pinned between two objects or under a vehicle

 

Recovering Damages After a Nevada Pedestrian Accident

If you bring a civil suit against the driver who harmed you in a pedestrian accident, you might receive punitive and compensatory damages if the court rules in your favor. Courts reserve punitive damages for extreme cases, including intentional harm and gross negligence. Courts primarily award compensatory damages to a pedestrian accident victim as a way to compensate him or her for economic and non-economic losses incurred as a result of any injury.

 

Here are some of the most commonly awarded compensatory damages that an injured individual might recover in a Nevada pedestrian accident case.

  • Medical costs, such as ambulance rides, emergency services, hospital stays, surgeries, radiology, follow-up care, and prescription medication
  • Future medical expenses when a severe or catastrophic injury results in a permanent disability requiring ongoing and indefinite treatment and care
  • Rehabilitation expenses for specialists who help injured people regain function, such as a physical therapist
  • Lost income when an injured pedestrian must miss work because of the accident, injury, and recovery
  • Lost future wages when a severe injury prevents someone from ever returning to gainful employment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss in quality of life
  • Loss of consortium with a spouse
  • Other non-economic damages that might apply to a specific case

 

If you have lost a child or another loved one as a result of a pedestrian accident, you should contact an attorney to determine your eligibility to seek compensation. Nevada law allows for surviving family members, depending on their relationship with the deceased, to sue for damages in a wrongful death suit. Eligible family members might receive some of the previously-listed damages as well as funeral expenses, burial costs, and other non-economic damages specific to the relationship between the family member and the deceased. The compassionate personal injury attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers can advise you on the best course of action for you and your family.

 

Contact Our Experienced Nevada Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

If you were harmed in a pedestrian accident while visiting Nevada or going about your daily life as a resident, contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers at (702) 382-9797 or online for a free consultation to determine the best path forward given your circumstances.

 

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